Multiplying with Area Models

Parents,  I’ve given the kids a homework assignment–to teach YOU how to multiply using area models (base-ten blocks).  Unless you are an upper elementary math teacher or you’ve had a 4th grader in the last few years, you most likely have no idea what I’m talking about!  Learning how to use the “old school” algorithm to solve a problem is no longer enough.  The kids have to be able to explain the process of WHY that “old school” algorithm works. Using area models is a way for kids to picture and see what is really happening within a multiplication problem.  Just in case you need some clarification on your child’s “teaching”, here are 2 videos that we used in class.  🙂

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